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TSA Screener Fired for Missing Loaded Handgun at Airport in Georgia

airport-people-walkingBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA fired a screener who missed a loaded handgun in a passenger’s bag Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Georgia.

Katrina Jackson, of Alabama, said she had no idea the gun was in her bag. When she later opened her bag to get her passport, she spotted the .38-caliber handgun and immediately notified officials, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

The TSA responded in a statement: “This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer who was still a probationary employee was immediately and permanently separated from federal service.”

So far this year, screeners at the airport have found 48 guns before they left the security area. The total seized guns last year was 198.

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DEA Violated Policy by Offering to Pay TSA Screener to Help Seize Cash from Luggage

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA recruited a TSA security screener to help seize cash from passengers’ luggage, according to a Department of Justice watchdog.

The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General officially condemned the DEA this month, saying the agreement, which allowed the agency to confiscate money, “violated DEA policy,” Huffington Post reports. 

The arrangement “could have violated individuals’ protection against unreasonable searches and seizures if it led to a subsequent DEA enforcement action.”

The idea was to pay a TSA agent to tip off the DEA about cash in travelers’ luggage.

State and federal agencies have relied on civil forfeiture to seize hundreds of millions of dollars in property each year.

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TSA Screener Forced Off Restricted Area After Cops Said She Was Driving Drunk

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunken TSA screener was forced off the road by Port Authority cops early Sunday when she was spotted driving in a restricted area, The New York Post reports. 

Authorities said Kimberly Flemming, 33, was off duty and driving at twice the legal limit for alcohol when she refused to comply with orders to pull over near Newark Airport.

Police forced her to stop by pulling in front of her 2103 Nissan Altima.

Police found her wearing one boot with the other off.

She allegedly was drinking at a nearby bistro but insisted she wasn’t drunk.

“I’m not drunk,” she told the police.

She was charge with driving while intoxicated.

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TSA Screener Accused of Swiping Passenger’s $7,500 Watch, Smashing It in Panic

Margo Lauree-Grant, via Border Patrol

Margo Lauree-Grant, via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA screener is accused of swiping a passenger’s watch and then smashing in a panic, the New York Post reports. 

Margo Lauree-Grant, 41, was arrested last week on allegations of stealing the $7,500 Diamond Master watch from a Canadian man on Aug. 26.

The traveler realized he forgot the watch during the screening process.

When TSA officials began reviewing video, Lauree-Grant “smashed the watch into pieces. She destroyed it,” a law enforcement official said.

She was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and official misconduct.

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TSA Screener Hurls Cup of Hot Coffee at Pilot

jfk airport

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who doesn’t like a complimentary cup of coffee?

Well, here’s one instance where it wasn’t appreciated.

The New York Post reports that a Transportation Security Administration screener was arrested on March 28 at 5 a.m. for throwing a cup of hot coffee on an American Airlines pilot.

The Post reported the incident happened when off-duty pilot Steven Trivett, 54, was exiting a terminal and overheard a conversation peppered with plenty profanity.

Trivett asked them to tone it down and “conduct themselves more professionally in uniform and not use profanity or the n-word,” a source told the Post.

One screen told him to butt out.

When he tried to grab at the ID tags of screener Lateisha El, 30, the Post reported, that she tossed the cup of coffee on him.

The Post reported that Trivett wasn’t serious injured and El was given a desk-appearance ticket on harassment and misdemeanor-assault charges.